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Latimer: Budget committee should use caution with meeting input

Posted 4/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Attorney says Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker's interaction at Thursday's budget discussion changed the nature of the meeting.



New Hope teacher sent home after taking breathalyzer

Posted 4/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Hope High School teacher was sent home Wednesday after a student allegedly found alcohol in the teacher's bag.


Residents question city's approach for infrastructure

Posted 4/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During a public hearing Thursday on a proposed millage increase for capital improvements in Columbus, more residents expressed concern over the lack of a defined plan and the approval of a long-term loan for short-term fixes than the tax increase that would be needed to fund them.

CMSD board holds special meeting as bomb threats continue

Posted 4/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At roughly 8:30 a.m. today a bomb threat was reported at Joe Cook Elementary School. It was the sixth bomb threat in four days. Members of the Columbus Municipal School board have called a special meeting Thursday to speak with law enforcement about their options.

Alderman Walker censored at budget meeting

Posted 4/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 4 Alderman Jason Walker left Thursday's preliminary sanitation budgetary session after Board Attorney Chris Latimer, via a phone call to city representatives, said he could only observe, not participate in financial discussions.


'Super' weekend expected to bring crowds to Starkville

Posted 4/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Art, food and sports fans will find a slice of heaven -- and an event-packed schedule -- this weekend as Starkville and Mississippi State University present two of the area's signature events: the annual Cotton District Arts Festival and Super Bulldog Weekend.


Review denied for Starkville man's aggravated DUI appeal

Posted 4/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Supreme Court denied a review of Joshua Buckner's 2009 drunken driving case in which he pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated DUI and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.

Perkins to sanitation employees: Get to work or face termination

Posted 4/11/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins gave a stern warning for Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services employees: If you do not work a full eight hours per day, you will lose your job.


Clay supes resume night meetings after suspending them

Posted 4/11/2014 in Area

After voting Monday to suspend night meetings until October, Clay County supervisors voted Thursday to go ahead and hold one night meeting a month for the next four months.


7th Mayor's Unity Picnic set for Saturday

Posted 4/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The public is invited to attend the Seventh Annual Mayor's Unity Picnic 4 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk.

At least 9 dead as bus, truck crash in Calif.

Posted 4/11/2014 in National

The long bus ride north from Los Angeles for a group of high school students who planned to visit Humboldt State University had been fun: The hours whizzed by as they watched movies, chatted up new friends, and jammed to hip-hop on the radio.


Report: Russia withheld intel before Boston attack

Posted 4/11/2014 in National

A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the investigation could have been more thorough, but the intelligence agencies' inspectors general said it is impossible to know whether anything could have been done differently to prevent the attack.



Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas

Posted 4/11/2014 in National

A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech.



Tax refund fraud is a big frustration for victims

Posted 4/11/2014 in National

Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter's tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19-year-old's personal information.


Driver in deadly Fla. day care crash in custody

Posted 4/11/2014 in National

A manhunt across Florida ended Thursday with the surrender of a driver blamed in a deadly crash at a day care that injured 14 and killed a 4-year-old girl who was sitting in a classroom awaiting her afternoon snack.

Colbert hosting 'Late Show' raises questions

Posted 4/11/2014 in National

With the announcement that Stephen Colbert will be the new host of CBS' "Late Show," his fans likely feel a clash of emotions.

Proposed Columbus charter school passes first hurdle

Posted 4/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A group of Columbus residents hoping to create a charter school are a step closer to realizing their goal. The state's Charter School Authorizer Board voted Wednesday to declare three applications eligible and complete to move forward.


Bomb threats Thursday are fifth in 3 days

Posted 4/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With five bomb threats in three days, including threats at Stokes-Beard Elementary and Columbus High School this morning, school officials with the Columbus Municipal School District are asking parents to talk to their children about the severity of making false threats.



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